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Schimmel, Cards end Xavier's run

Now everyone knows why Shoni Schimmel's teammates call her "Show."

The freshman guard scuttled Xavier's plans for another deep NCAA tournament run on Tuesday night, scoring a career-high 33 points and leading a late charge that swept Louisville to an 85-75 victory over the second-seeded Musketeers in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Showing no hesitation in the most pressure-filled moments, Schimmel turned the Musketeers' home court into her showplace.

"That's why we call her 'Show,' " guard Tia Gibbs said. "When it's a big stage and a big crowd, she's going to put on a show, just like she did today."

The Cardinals (22-12) go to Spokane, Wash., to play Gonzaga in a regional semifinal on Saturday, a surprising twist for a youthful team that starts Schimmel and two sophomores.

Louisville lost to Connecticut in the championship game in 2009, then failed to make the tournament last season. Schimmel has them halfway to the Final Four again, after scoring the first nine points in a closing 21-5 run.

"I don't think it was about me," she said. "I think it was about our team. We were all like, 'OK, we've got this.' "

It was a stunning collapse by Xavier (29-3), which made it to the Elite Eight last season and had won 19 in a row with its dominating frontcourt duo of Amber Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips.

The Musketeers had won 25 in a row at home, including a 12-point victory over Louisville in November when the Cardinals were still finding their way.

A fabulous shooting performance -- Xavier was 50 percent from the field, Louisville 53 was percent -- was decided by the hottest hand on the court. Schimmel went 12 of 18 from the field and 6 of 11 from behind the arc, topping her previous career high by seven. The rest of the Cardinals had 16 field goals combined.

Harris led Xavier with 20 points, and the Musketeers made a season-high 14 threes while leading most of the way. They simply couldn't stop Schimmel to close it out, getting sloppy down the stretch and playing more like an inexperienced team.

When Harris left the game with 20 seconds to go, she pulled up her gray No. 11 jersey to hide her face. Four senior starters had their season end in tears.

"Honestly, it's bittersweet," Phillips said. "Coach just told us we did a lot of amazing things here. We have."

Xavier reached the second Elite Eight in school history last season and came within two missed layups of its first Final Four.


Around the tourney

Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points, Maya Moore added 16 and No. 1 Connecticut (33-1) used defense to beat ninth-seeded Purdue (21-12), 64-40. The Huskies advanced to the regional semifinals for the 18th straight season, the longest active streak in the nation. The victory was UConn's 22nd straight overall and 83rd in a row at home.

The Huskies will play in Philadelphia on Sunday against fifth-seeded Georgetown, a 79-57 winner at Maryland. Duke will face DePaul in the other semifinal in Philadelphia.

Danielle Robinson scored six straight points after Miami pulled even for the first time since early in the game, and sixth-seeded Oklahoma (23-11) beat the third-seeded Hurricanes (28-5), 88-83.

Jasmine James scored on a putback with 2.9 seconds left, then made the subsequent free throw to lift Georgia (23-10) to a 61-59 victory over Florida State (24-8). Georgia plays Texas A&M on Sunday night in the regional semifinals in Dallas. The Aggies beat Rutgers, 70-48.

Brittney Griner had 30 points even after sitting the final 9 minutes of the first half with two fouls, and Baylor (33-2) rolled over West Virginia (24-10), 82-68, to reach the round of 16 for the sixth time in eight years.

Adrian Ritchie scored 20 points off the bench and Wisconsin-Green Bay (34-1) advanced to the regional semifinals for the first time with a 65-56 win over Michigan State (27-6).

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